Fingal's Cave has been a source of inspiration for centuries

In Scotland's Inner Hebrides, lies a unique rock formation. Hundreds of geometric columns that once inspired Jules Verne and the Pink Floyd... Welcome to Fingal's Cave. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

This is neither a human construction nor an extraterrestrial island…

In the west of Scotland, this uninhabited island has been a source of fascination for centuries. The Vikings, believing it was formed by gods or giants, named it “Staffa”, otherwise known as “pillar island.” Its cliffs are adorned with thousands of hexagonal columns. On the south side is Fingal’s Cave, which resembles a natural temple. As the ocean rushes inside, it creates strange echoes.

The similarity between these pillars and those of the Giant’s Causeway gave rise to a legend. These two places are said to be the endpoints of an ancient causeway built by giants. The columns from both sites share a similar composition: they are made from volcanic basalt.

The Isle of Staffa was formed around 59 million years ago, when an eruption produced a thick lava flow. By cooling down slowly, it created these hexagonal forms. Later, erosion contributed to the carving out of Fingal’s Cave.

Over the centuries, the cave has inspired the painter William Turner, the writer Jules Vernes and the group Pink Floyd. Now uninhabited, the island is accessible by boat and it's possible to explore it on foot. In spring and at the start of summer, several birds come here to nest, like Atlantic puffins. You can also see black guillemots, cormorants, razorbills and northern fulmars. Since 2001, the island has been classified as a National Nature Reserve.


04/05/2020 6:32 AM


  • Alin G.
    2 days

    Este un copac!

  • Cliff S.
    4 days

    They are liers

  • Christofer B.
    4 days

    He's not "the Jules Verne" so why are they "the Pink Floyd"? Gonna start using that for every music artist from now on... "the Metallica"... "the Celine Dion"... "the The Beatles"

  • Inês D.
    4 days

    Simply amazing 😍👏👏👏

  • Lindsey P.
    5 days

    Like the Giant Causeway formations👍🏼

  • Hande S.
    5 days

    Only fools believe volcano lava can some how creat thousands of hexagon shaped pillows 🤣 same fools believe northing created everything 🤣 Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good! Psalms 14:1 NLT

  • Maril S.
    6 days

    Similar basalt columns on Grand Manan Island off the coast of New Brunswick Canada.

  • Adriano S.
    6 days


  • Holly B.
    05/11/2022 03:42

    When you see those squares like that or octagon that is from volcanic lava or lava

  • William D.
    05/09/2022 13:29

    Nothern Ireland has the same.

  • Rod C.
    05/08/2022 01:50

    Most of Oregon and Eastern Washington Had lava flows so this type of basalt is very common including not too far under my feet where I live.

  • ElJefe C.
    05/05/2022 18:15

    Devils tower united State

  • Mallik A.
    05/05/2022 18:15

  • Pat S.
    05/04/2022 12:03

    Similar is Devils Postpile National Monument in California.

  • Linda H.
    05/02/2022 16:32

    This is columnar basalt, the result of a particular cooling of a lava flow.

  • Aliyat H.
    05/02/2022 09:36

    did you visit this place?

  • Stienie M.
    05/01/2022 19:12


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    04/30/2022 17:21


  • Nicola L.
    04/28/2022 23:25

    I want to go

  • Brian K.
    04/25/2022 19:30

    Giant's Causeway. I've been to both ends.

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